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Furthermore! – Fox News, Female Breadwinners, and ‘Asking’

May 6, 2014


Furthermore! – Fox News, Female Breadwinners, and ‘Asking’

The folks at Fox News aren’t saying female breadwinners are bad for men. They’re just asking the question…. (More)

We don’t have a breadwinner at Árbol Squirrel. Our twins, Nancy and Michelle, are old enough to gather their own food now. So is their older brother Regis. I bring home stray pecans from Chef’s decoder ring, and of course I share the macadamias, but basically we all gather for ourselves.

Still, Mrs. Squirrel used to be the breadwinner. She brought home food for Regis when he was a wee lad, and then for the babies. She made their first baby food, as she was weaning them, chewing nuts to soften them for the tiny, hungry mouths. It was adorable and watching her do that didn’t make me feel any less a squirrel.

But apparently it bothers at least some men. Men like Clayton Morris on Fox News:

Is there a problem with men earning less than women in the household, and do you think that it could throw off – that it actually could cause big marital problems?
I get the cultural argument, guys. I mean, I can see how – we can all weave our way through cultural issues. But isn’t there some sort of biological, innate need for men to be the caveman? Go out and bring home the dinner and actually go out – Is it emasculating if we don’t do it?

Notice he doesn’t say that female breadwinners do emasculate their husbands. He’s just ‘asking.’

Conservatives do that a lot. They ‘ask’ if President Obama is hiding evidence about Benghazi, or fudging the numbers on the Affordable Care Act, or if he was born in Kenya. They ‘wonder’ if blacks were better off as slaves. And they insist they should never be criticized for that, because they’re not ‘saying.’ They’re just ‘asking’ and ‘wondering.’

I could go on a long rant about why women are now more likely to graduate from college and now outnumber men in many professions. And apparently that really bothers Phyllis Schlafly, who said women’s success makes it harder for men to find brides. But I won’t.

Instead I’ll just ask if conservatives think of men as wallets with feet. I wonder if rich conservative men privately sneer at working class men. Maybe that contempt is what Texas Gov. Rick Perry meant on Sunday when he said “We focus on the maximum wage, rather than the minimum wage.”

I’m not saying that Gov. Perry and Schlafly and Morris think working class men are worthless scum who can only find wives and feel like worthwhile human beings if women are truly desperate. I’m not saying conservatives imagine women singing along to the Beach Boys’ hit “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” but with different lyrics:

Wouldn’t it be nice if you were better,
Not the hopeless loser that you are?
Wouldn’t it be nice if you were rich e–
–nough to buy a new, expensive car?
You’re cute enough that maybe I could love you,
If I didn’t feel so faaaaar above you….

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had parents,
Who were in the social registry?
But instead you grew up in a trailer,
And you want to date a girl like me?
But I don’t mingle with the lower classes.
I couldn’t trust you not to graaaaab my assets.

Wouldn’t it be nice?

I’m not saying that’s what conservatives think. I’m just asking, and wondering.

Good day and good nuts

  • addisnana

    I am ‘just wondering’ why conservatives pander to white men and wage war on women? I am “just wondering’ if they think they have a winning strategy for elections with this nonsense? I am ‘just wondering’ what was in the kool-aid they all drank or was it in the tea?

    Nice rant squirrel. Do you have a special branch from which you rant or will any limb do?

    • The BPI Squirrel

      I usually rant from the campus soapbox. It’s not really a soapbox. It’s a tree stump in the quad in front of New Venerable Hall. But it’s really hot in South Blogistan today, so I ranted from the mail room.

      Good day and good nuts.

  • winterbanyan

    I’m just wondering at how quickly men forgot that hunting provided the least of the food that was spread before the tribe in the “hunter-gatherer” days? I’m just wondering how men forgot that for a long time in many cultures agriculture was the province of women?

    I’m just wondering how a guy would feel if he had to hold two minimum wage jobs because his wife ought to be home barefoot and pregnant.

    Just asking.

    • The BPI Squirrel

      I’m not saying conservatives want to make women miserable so working class men can say “I may be getting nowhere, but at least I’m not a woman.” I’m just asking the question.

      Good day and good nuts